Cockroach Pest Control & Extermination
Glimpse a sight of a cockroach and it is enough to make your skin crawl. Most insects leave pretty much anyone scurrying in the opposite direction – but cockroaches are one of the least appealing of all. There are lots of facts and myths surrounding cockroaches: one of the most common is that they can survive a nuclear blast. Whether this is true or not is almost impossible to say, but amazingly, these creatures can survive a week without their heads, dying only through lack of water.
As one of the least popular insects, it is no surprise that if you have a German Cockroach infestation, you will want it dealt with straight away. Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions are the cockroach pest control experts, tackling infestations in and around Ipswich, Colchester, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton and further afield of Suffolk and Essex. As experienced cockroach exterminators, with a history of high standards for private and contract clients, you know you can count us.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions offer a specialist cockroach pest control service to eradicate cockroaches and other pests. We work with both domestic and commercial clients in Suffolk and Essex. If you have a cockroach pest control problem, our fast, effective cockroach pest control and extermination service can help, with minimal disruption. Emergency cockroach pest control appointments are available if required. Our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2 (Pest Management). We offer a discreet, confidential service and arrive in unmarked vehicles if required.
Though there are upwards of 4500 species of known cockroach in the world today, in the UK we usually only have to contend with two of them; the German Cockroach (Blattella germanica) and the Oriental Cockroach (Blatta orientalis).
The German Cockroach is found all over the world and comes into our homes in search of sweet and floury foods, although they will also eat numerous other foodstuffs. Brown to dark brown in colour and measuring from 1/2″ to 5/8″, they are oval in shape, have six legs, wings and antennae.
German Cockroaches live for between 100 and 200 days, preferring warm damp places like kitchens and bathrooms. They crawl through dirty drains picking up and spreading bacteria wherever they go. They shed their skins and these, as well as their waste products, can cause allergic reactions and illnesses, especially in young children. The Oriental Cockroach is actually from Africa. Instantly recognisable, they are very dark compared to other species, almost black, oval in shape and again have six legs and antennae. They love cool, dark, damp, dirty conditions, meaning drains and sewers are ideal for them. Coupled along with the fact they will eat just about anything, cockroaches are a prime disease carrier.
They are lightning-fast and since they hate the light, they will scatter as soon as daylight or torchlight hits them. Cockroaches spread many diseases such as salmonella, gastroenteritis and typhoid, so guard against them where you can. Keep kitchens and food preparation/storage areas clean at all times and vacuum your home regularly. Seal any cracks through which a cockroach may enter.
The life cycle of cockroaches
The German cockroach carries its egg case, a small brown purse-like capsule until the 30 or more nymphs are ready to hatch from it. The Oriental Cockroach deposits its 13mm long egg capsule on the packaging, sacking or in suitable dark crevices before the 16-18 nymphs hatch out.
Cockroaches grow in stages – from nymphs to maturity in six to twelve months for the Oriental Cockroach, but only in as many weeks in the case of the German Cockroach.
The nymphs’ eating habits are similar to their parents in that they’ll eat anything. They shed their skin (or moult) through the various nymphal stages and look more and more like their parents with each moult. By the time they reach adulthood they will have developed a very keen sense of smell and touch and the ability to run very quickly.
As cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, a night inspection should ideally be carried out prior to treatment. Insect detectors are used to determine the extent and location of the infestation and the treatment is carried out using baits and residual insecticides.
These are very effective but since cockroaches can multiply quickly they can be quite difficult to eradicate completely. We would, therefore, urge that you contact us as soon as you suspect a cockroach problem.
When treating cockroach infestations, we endeavour to use the most environmentally friendly products. We advise customers to vacate their property for a few hours while the treatment is carried out to allow any residual insecticide spray to dry.
Contact us now for friendly and effective assistance with cockroach pest control.
What do German Cockroaches Look Like?
German cockroaches are about 1 – 1.5 cms in length and are brown in colour. Although there are many other types of cockroaches, these are the most common type in the UK, and worldwide. They were thought to have originated from Southeast Asia, and came to Europe via trade ships in the 17th century.
What do cockroaches eat?
Cockroaches are omnivores, which means that they eat meat or plant food, and this includes pet or human food lying around on surfaces, or in bins. They are attracted to sweet foods, but they can also eat kitchen grease and even munch through glue, book bindings, or household products such as soap. They need mainly water to survive as they can live for up to seven days without food. Although German Cockroaches wouldn’t normally bite humans, they will if there is a major infestation and they can’t get access to food.
How Long do cockroaches live and What are cockroaches Breeding Cycle?
Cockroaches can live up to 200 days, depending on the conditions in which they live and whether or not they have access to food and water. The females carry their egg case around, and an average of 15-18 young (or nymphs) can hatch at any one time. Once the nymphs have hatched, they can transmute to the adult stage in just a matter of weeks; they reproduce quickly, so as you can imagine an infestation can develop very quickly.
Why are cockroaches a Health Threat?
German cockroaches are a serious health threat as they can contaminate food products with their secretions and faeces. They can spread all sorts of diseases such as food poisoning and salmonella, and even typhoid, which can be spread to multiple organs and can be fatal. In addition to this, cockroaches also generate some allergic reactions in humans from their faeces and the skin that they shed.
Not only is health at risk but there is the psychological impact too, as cockroaches are mainly associated with contamination of dirty buildings – although they are not only known to infest insanitary buildings, but also clean ones too.
Where do cockroaches Live?
German cockroaches can inhabit homes and apartment buildings and are also a threat to supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, public houses, and even shipping containers. They can fit into tiny cracks and crevices and are usually found in bathrooms and kitchens but can also inhabit storage areas, drains and sewers.
How Can I Prevent a Cockroach Infestation?
The best way to prevent a cockroach pest problem is to keep kitchens clean and sanitary and to keep bins sealed. Once you have a cockroach infestation, this is difficult to bring under control yourself because they breed so rapidly.
There are various sprays and baits that you can buy over the counter but the best option is to bring in professional pest control experts who can deal with infestations quickly and effectively.
How do Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions tackle a German Cockroach infestation?
Essex and Suffolk pest solutions are the pest control experts for Ipswich, Colchester and the surrounding areas. In addition to carrying out free surveys of commercial or residential properties, we also offer service contracts which include constant monitoring and full site inspections.
We provide advice on proofing for German cockroaches, and because of the nature of these creatures (they are generally nocturnal), we can carry out night-time inspections before treatment. We can also arrive in unmarked vehicles on request.